Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego
July 17, 2016 Speaker: Series: Heroes
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Daniel 1:3–1:7, Daniel 1:17, Daniel 1:20, 1 Peter 3:15, Matthew 6:33, Hebrews 10:35–10:36, Daniel 3:17, Ephesians 3:20
Heroes: Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego - AWAKEN THE EXTRAORDINARY 7.17.16
Week two in a series where we meet men and women of heroic faith in the Bible and learn from their example
Daniel 1:3-7 NIV
3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— 4 young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. 5 The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service. 6 Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7 The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.
Daniel 1:17 NIV
17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.
Daniel 1:20 NIV
20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.
Summary of Daniel 3
King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, 90 feet high and 9 feet wide. He then summoned all the officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up.
Everyone was commanded to fall down and worship the image of gold when they heard the sound of the music. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.
As soon as they heard the sound of the music, all the people fell down and worshiped the image. At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to the King, “There are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. “Is it true, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? When you hear the music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied, “We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
The king was furious! He told his soldiers to heat the furnace seven times hotter and tie them up and throw them into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”
They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”
He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So they came out of the fire, and the leaders crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”
Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.
1. BE OBEDIENT
Get out of your comfort zone
Galatians 5:25 NIV
25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
2. BE PREPARED
Don't miss your turn
1 Peter 3:15 NIV
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
3. BE CONTENT
Trust God right where you are
Matthew 6:33 NIV
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
4. BE DISCIPLINED
Take care of the inside/Persevere
Hebrews 10:35-36 NIV
35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
5. BE EXPECTANT
Expect God to do the extraordinary
Daniel 3:17 NIV
17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.
Ephesians 3:20 NIV
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
AWAKEN THE EXTRAORDINARY!
What fire that life is bringing your direction do you need delivered from?
What is God speaking to about when it comes to following and trusting Him?